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Prince denounces treatment of Novak Djokovic by Australian immigration officials

Serbia’s Prince Philip has slammed the ongoing saga involving Novak Djokovic’s seemingly doomed attempt to defend his Australian Open title, accusing Australian immigration officials of “tyranny”.

Philip Karadordevic, 39, has added his voice to the chorus of disapproval from Djokovic’s homeland after officials in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government decided to revoke the tennis star’s visa for the second time since arriving in Melbourne nine days ago.

Djokovic’s legal row Down Under has captivated the global sporting community, but perhaps nowhere more than in Serbia, where the treatment of the world’s top-ranked tennis player has been widely perplexed.

The strength and actions of a courageous individual, [Novak Djokovic] can give us hope and courage“, wrote prince Philip on the social networks.

It is becoming more and more evident that the “free world” is heading down the path of tyranny. When tyranny shows its ugly face, it is our duty to speak up.

Many will not recognize that we are walking down this dangerous path because tyranny has a clever way of disguising itself as an act of good, therefore those who speak out are often met with disapproval and outrage, as is the case with our brave brother [Novak].

We have become distracted in our modern society, therefore, we can easily forget the telling lessons of history.. “

When a person’s individual freedom of choice is compromised, it is both morally and constitutionally wrong. It is essential that we protect our individual sovereignty or we risk losing everything“, he concluded.


Karadordevic’s comments follow earlier criticism of the situation by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who blasted Australia for its “bullying20-time Grand Slam winner.

I told our Novak that all of Serbia is with him and that our bodies are doing everything to put an end immediately to the harassment of the best tennis player in the world.“Vucic said last week.

Serbian media also reported that Vucic summoned the Australian ambassador to Belgrade to demand that Djokovic be allowed to play at the Australian Open.

It seems any request from the Serbian leadership, presidential or royal, could fall on deaf ears, given Friday’s decision by Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke that Djokovic’s visa should be revoked again. .

A final legal appeal from Djokovic’s team of lawyers is due this weekend as he fights to stay in the country.

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